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Mets Say They’ve Talked With Islanders on Queens Hockey Arena

May 12 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Mets are talking with the New York Islanders about building the National Hockey League team an arena in Queens.

“We’ve had discussions with the Islanders -- in addition to those we have had with Major League Soccer -- about building a sports/entertainment facility near Citi Field,” the Major League Baseball team said in an e-mailed statement.

Newsday reported yesterday that Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon has talked with Islanders owner Charles Wang about creating a hockey arena that is “synergistic” with Citi Field, and that Wilpon also said it’s possible he could buy the Islanders.

Islanders spokesman Seth Sylvan didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

The Islanders play in 37-year-old Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The team has been trying to work with local government to approve a development plan for a new venue, according to the Associated Press.

The Mets moved into Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York last year. It’s a 20-mile (32-kilometer) drive between the two locations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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